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An enlightened nursing ecosystem
By Keith Carlson
The 21st-century healthcare environment is a challenging one. Whether nurses work in home health or the ICU, caring for nurses while they're on the job is the responsibility of the employer utilizing those nurses' expert skills.
In that regard, strong nurse leaders must be willing to advocate for the well-being of their nurses, assuring a workforce that is healthy, cared for and employed under conditions that ensure nurse safety and nurse wellness.
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ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES
Call for proposed changes to Bylaws — DEADLINE FEB. 6
Reminder from the ANA Massachusetts Bylaws Committee that any proposed changes to the ANA Massachusetts Bylaws must be submitted in writing using the ANA Massachusetts Bylaws Change form no later than Feb. 6, 2015.
ANA Massachusetts Bylaws, click here.
Proposed changes to Bylaws Form, click here.
Submit completed proposal to Bylaws Chair, Mary McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org and lpresutti@ANAMass.org
Deadline: Feb. 6, 2015
Call for Nominations — ANA Massachusetts Elected Offices — DEADLINE FEB. 13
In 2015, as in past years, you will be asked to cast a ballot to elect a Board of Directors, including a President-Elect. Additionally, you will be voting for a Treasurer, Secretary, 3 Directors and 2 members for the Committee on Nominations. This may seem like it is a lot of people, but when you compare it to our current list of 1400 members, it is a small percentage indeed.
This is your time to step forward and become a candidate for one of these open positions. This is your time to honor our past by steering the future of the organization to greater successes and heights. This is your time to pay it forward. This is your time – no more reasons why you can’t do it - no more questioning whether you have “what it takes” - no more ignoring the call – This is your time to make a difference.
Call for Nominations Document, click here.
Consent to Serve, click here.
Self Assessment, click here.
Deadline, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.
2015 Annual Spring Symposium — Continuing Nursing Education: Boot Camp
Friday, May 1, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Symposium Flyer, click here.
Registration, click here.
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Save the Dates
Massachusetts Student Nurses Association
2015 Career Forum
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Forum Flyer, click here.
ANA Massachusetts Health Policy Legislative Forum
Advocacy Beyond the Bedside...Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Policy
Tuesday, March 24, 2014
Massachusetts State House
ANA Massachusetts Spring Conference
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, April 10, 2015
Annual Business Meeting
Friday, April 10, 2015
Annual Spring Conference
Theme: The Courage to Care in the Face of Infectious Disease
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA
Call for Posters, click here.
Awards Dinner Sponsorship and Ad Opportunities, click here.
Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities, click here.
Massachusetts Health Council's 5th Women's Health Forum Getting Healthy, Staying Healthy: Knowledge is Everything
April 16, 2015
Westin Copley Place, Boston
For more information and registration, click here.
Celebrate National Nurses Day with ANA Massachusetts at Fenway
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Pregame Networking Event
Game time - Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay24, 2014
Massachusetts State House
ANA to Supreme Court: Tax credits needed to ensure continued access to healthcare
The American Nurses Association (ANA) joined groups representing health care professionals and community healthcare centers in filing an amicus (friend of the court) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of King v. Burwell in support of tax credit subsidies created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to purchase health insurance. Thanks to the subsidies, millions of previously uninsured Americans now have access to health insurance coverage.
Full report, click here.
NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS
Millennials are reshaping healthcare
By Scott E. Rupp
Global consumer collaboration consultancy Communispace recently released a report called, "Healthcare without Borders: How Millennials are Reshaping Health and Wellness," which examines millennial healthcare values and how they will impact businesses across the industry.
The report focuses on several areas of millennials' lives, including technology. Millennials are far more likely than other generations to rely on mobile and online tools to monitor and maintain their health, the report states.
CDC: Flu's grip on US starting to weaken
After a rough start to the flu season, the number of infections seems to have peaked and is even starting to decline in many parts of the nation, federal health officials reported Jan. 29. "We likely reached our highest level of activity and in many parts of the country we are starting to see flu activity decline," said Dr. Michael Jhung, a medical officer in U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Influenza Division. Jhung added, however, that flu remains widespread in much of the country.
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Healthcare enrollment appears to be near goal
The New York Times
The Obama administration said that 9.5 million people had signed up to receive health coverage through public marketplaces in 2015, with less than a month to go before the enrollment deadline.
At first glance, the report suggests that the administration has achieved its goal of having 9.1 million people enrolled at the end of this year. But in 2014, more than 15 percent of people who selected health plans in the public marketplaces failed to pay their share of premiums and were therefore not on the rolls at the end of the year. Officials said they thought that similar attrition could occur this year.
Finding a job in healthcare: Negotiations
By Catherine Iste
Author Catherine Iste writes: Once a year, I have the pleasure of being a guest lecturer for an ethics and social leadership class at a local university. The class participants include master's students in nursing and healthcare informatics.
My topic is always the same: I am asked to demystify human resources. This year, the students' questions focused on the following: negotiating an offer, dealing with bureaucracy, performance reviews and terminations. Let's tackle each of these topics, starting with ...
Why patients ignore cancer 'alarm' symptoms
Medscape (free login required)
The finding that people are often aware of "alarm" symptoms of cancer but avoid or delay consulting their primary care provider might explain the poor 1-year cancer survival rates in the United Kingdom, a Cancer Research U.K. survey suggests.
"We know that in the United Kingdom there is worse survival from cancer than in other high-income countries with similar healthcare systems," said Katriina Whitaker, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey.
Survey: Patient engagement continues to face challenges
By Scott E. Rupp
In the true age of patient engagement — a topic much talked about the last two years, but one now seemingly having gained real traction — providers continue to admit that they are having trouble with meeting the mandates established for them by meaningful use stage 2 requirements. The challenges they face with engaging patients, of course, means they also run the risk of pushing away patients if they fail to meet consumers on their terms. This is a fairly standard industry sentiment and one of the primary takeaways from a recent nationwide survey.
Practicing nursing care in a virtual world
Oculus Rift, a gaming headset, can help teach nurses how to communicate better, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have found.
While Facebook wants to make the world's best online games using the Oculus Rift headset, researchers at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) are using the same set-up to help teach nurses how to communicate better.
Current flu epidemic highlights need for universal flu vaccine
By Katina Smallwood
This year's influenza season is being considered an epidemic with 46 states reporting widespread flu activity and high number of hospitalizations due to the flu or flu-like viruses. The elderly, children and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma are at highest risk.
There have been 56 reported pediatric deaths due to the flu this season. Health officials are worried that this number will continue to rise because of the ineffectiveness of this year's flu shot.
After heart attacks, most don't get enough statins
In the U.S., less than a third of older heart “event” patients being discharged from the hospital get the recommended high-intensity statins, according to a new study that looked at prescriptions filled.
National guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association say the majority of patients should be on a high-dose statin following a serious heart disease-related event like heart attack or bypass surgery.
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